Women’s basketball looks to go 7-0 in OVC


Rob Le Cates

The women’s basketball team celebrates a win over the Tennessee States Tigers on Saturday at Lantz Arena. The game went into overtime with the score 68-68, with the final score being 78-70.

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor

Eastern Illinois University (14-3, 6-0 OVC) at Tennessee State (7-10, 2-4 OVC)

Gentry Center – Nashville, Tenn. at 5:30 p.m.

Series Record: EIU leads 33-17

Last Meeting: EIU fell to TSU 72-61 in the first round of the OVC tournament on March 2, 2022.

Last Week: EIU picked up its 5th and 6th straight wins in conference games with SIUE and Little Rock. For the third time this season, Macy McGlone won OVC Newcomer of the Week because of the double-double she had in the game with Little Rock. She scored 18 points and had three rebounds against SIUE and had 14 points and 12 rebounds against Little Rock. Tennessee State beat UT Martin last Thursday 71-67 and went on the road and fell to Tennessee Tech 83-76 last Saturday.

EIU Stats: EIU is averaging 70.4 points per game, 37.6 rebounds per game, 15.8 assists per game, and 7.9 steals per game.

TSU Stats: TSU is averaging 67.8 points per game, 33.8 rebounds per game, 10.2 assists per game, and 11.1 steals per game.

EIU is on a 6 game win streak and undefeated in conference:

EIU had a tough battle with Little Rock this past weekend as they won 44-33 in a highly defensive battle. EIU and Little Rock were tied for first, but after the game, EIU took the reins and now leads the conference and remains the only undefeated team. Tennessee State is currently 7th in the conference.

EIU to play with a chip on their shoulder:

Eastern got knocked out of the 2022 OVC Tournament by Tennessee State, so the team is sure to be coming into the game ready for revenge. EIU looks sharp on the court, as the statistics can attest for. They have been on top of their game as they have won the last six games. The Panthers have had a few days of practice and recovery before they hit the road for Thursday evenings game with the Tigers.

Matchup to look for – Lariah Washington and Erica Haynes-Overton

Junior guard Lariah Washington attempts a layup against Tennessee State Saturday in Lantz Arena. Washington had 20 points and 11 rebounds. The Panthers won 78-70 against the Tigers. (Rob Le Cates | The Daily Eastern News)

This is the first time Washington and Haynes-Overton will meet as Haynes-Overton has been playing for Kansas the last two years and transferred to Tennessee State for her 5th year. Washington and Haynes-Overton are the team’s trusty scoring leaders who are quick and have the ability to take care of the ball and attack when needed. Washinton averages 19 points per game and Haynes-Overton averages 14.7 points per game.